YMMV: Witchblade

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     The anime 

The Anime:

  • Best Known for the Fanservice: Tell anyone that the series is crammed with Character Development and Tear Jerkers; they'll take one look at the box and dismiss it as soft-core porn.
  • Come for the X, Stay for the Y: The series is clearly marketed as nothing but a fanservice-and-action sandwich ("Death By Hotness"), but stick with it and it turns out to be far more emotionally charged and character-driven than the average "serious" anime.
  • Complete Monster: The narcissistic Tatsuoki Furumizu, AKA "Father," is the creator of the Cloneblade using Neogeness: women able to bear imitations of the Witchblade. Despite being raised by a loving mother, Furumizu loathed her, seeing his father as "perfection" he wished to achieve. Angered by his own sterility, Furumizu has young women indoctrinated where he implants them with his genetics and the Cloneblades, all the while making them believes he cares for them. Furumizu is well aware the process leads to mental instability and inevitable death but simply doesn't care. His manipulations lead many of the Neogenes to lose their minds and do great harm before succumbing, but Furumizu simply has a second generation created, not caring when the strongest Maria kills his previous "favorite" Reina. Furumizu is solely obsessed with his own perfection and creating the perfect "mother" to give birth to his legacy.
  • Crowning Moment of Awesome: The standards are set pretty high, considering the nature of the series, but the scene where Takayama outdrinks Wadou in episode 10 most certainly qualifies.
  • Crowning Moment of Funny: "Nah, my mom's are bigger."
    • As mentioned about, Masane gets invited to a fancy party for Wadou. Thanks to her, it takes less than half an episode for the party to turn into Reiji and Wadou trying to drink each other under the table.
  • Crowning Moment of Heartwarming: "You're not afraid of me?" "'Course not. You're still my mom."
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Rihoko. A viewer could justify watching the series just for her and her sparkling interactions with virtually anyone else.
    Review: Her screen presence is all the more remarkable because the series does not go out of its way to aggrandize her.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: This is supposedly Canon with the comic book...despite that it doesn't work as anything other than an Alternate Continuity from it. Needless to say, comic fans ignore this series, either out of hatred or simply due to the Continuity Snarl caused by its existence in the comic canon.
  • Les Yay: Shiori for Reina. She actually kisses the lip print left on a teacup at one point.
  • Squick: Father's entire plan is rather squicky, as is his death.
  • Tear Jerker: So, so many.

     The Comic 

The comic:

  • Cargo Ship: Sara/Witchblade? Considering the 'Blade is both sentient and male, this may be canonical.
    • It has bonded with men in the past before. So maybe the Witchblade is bi?
  • Fridge Horror: The Witchblade has been wielded by countless women thru the ages, so that means the thing has been...."covering" women in many places for ages. Especially "down there."
  • Growing the Beard: Ron Marz took over with issue #80 and immediately reinvented the wheel. Sara learned how to stop shredding her clothes, the Witchblade began to manifest more often as suits of armor rather than a steel bikini, Sara picked up a regular love interest, and her relationship with the Witchblade and its previous bearers was reexamined. It really is a different book after that point.
  • Les Yay: Back in the day, Top Cow published an ongoing Tomb Raider comic that was actually in continuity with Witchblade, and Lara would occasionally show up to hang out with Sara. During those appearances, they did everything short of make out with one another. When subtext is being screamed into your face at point-blank range, is it still subtext?
    • Not to mention her relationship with Danielle.
      • Danielle is also a confirmed bisexual.
  • My Real Daddy: To a large extent, the current book can be said to have started around the time Ron Marz took over as writer. He jettisoned many of the book's '90s "bad girl" trappings and turned it into a much more satisfying urban fantasy/conspiracy comic.
  • Testosterone Brigade: A good chunk of the fandom.
    • It's doubtful the series was ever marketed at girls.

     TV series 

The TV series:

  • Foe Yay: Sara and Kenneth Irons, Sara and Ian Nottingham.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Ken Irons crosses this irrevocably when he burns alive one man's wife and family and drowns another's wife and child just before killing them both for betraying him.
  • Tear Jerker: In the first season, Anyone Can Die. Many of the deaths qualify. Special mentions go to the deaths of Conchobar and Joe Cirus.